The Beat


Florida Ranks First Nationally for Talent Pipeline

ORLANDO - The Unites States Chamber of Commerce released a report on talent, investment and growth. According to the report, Florida ranks in the top eight in four of the six workforce and training measures. It ranks first in higher education efficiency and share of high school seniors taking advanced placement exams. The state ranks fourth for the efficiency of its workforce placement system and eighth in college affordability.

Florida's Workforce Florida program serves as a catalyst for creating world-class talent at every skill level. It is focused on getting Floridians back to work while emphasizing the state's most promising future opportunities.

Employ Florida Banner Centers are a statewide, industry-driven initiative focused on building partnerships among stakeholders in workforce, education, industry and economic development. The state's 11 current and planned Banner Centers focus on developing and coordinating educational and training resources to boost the competitiveness of targeted industries that diversify Florida's economy. Each of Florida's 11 Banner Centers aims to:

- Become the statewide nexus for industry knowledge related to workforce needs of a targeted industry.

- Support the pipeline development needs of key Florida industries from entry-level to advanced workers.

- Deliver workforce development products, services, training and access to certifications valued by industry.

The Employ Florida Marketplace, online at, offers job seekers access to thousands of employment listings, and businesses access to thousands of job seekers looking for entrylevel to executive positions. microportals include Employ Florida Silver Edition, a career resource for the 50+ demographic and Employ Florida Vets, Florida's online source for veterans' employment and employer recruitment information.